August 2017
  • Day4

    Bear!

    August 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    As we were crossing a bridge travelling back from Maligne Canyon to Jasper, Ryan thought he spotted a bear swimming across the rapid flowing river. We continued across turning onto the very busy highway 16 where we pulled the vehicle over to see if we could get a closer look. Waiting for a moment for the traffic to thin out, we quickly ran across the highway to the other side to the area we figured we may get a closer look at this bear. Still unsure if this was even a bear, we continued to search. We decided to head back to the vehicle and pull over to the lookout point just ahead. Josh started walking closer to the area when Ryan called out, "There he is...Josh Run!" The bear was running right towards Josh! We all started running back towards our vehicle. Unfortunately, we didn't get the best shots of the bear, but as you can see...it was definitely a bear running right for us! What an adventure and adrenaline rush!Read more

  • Day4

    Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

    August 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After breakfast we headed out to Maligne Canyon. The trail ended up being much longer than expected but provided amazing views of the canyons and waterfalls within. Along the way back we thought we saw a mountain lion paw print, but when shopping in Jasper later we found at shirt which described the different paw prints that confirmed it was a husky dog. Kinda burst out bubble.Read more

  • Day4

    Morning coffee in Jasper, AB

    August 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Our first morning in Jasper we started our day off by doing laundry and walking along the trail by the cabins with a cup of coffee. As we took a seat, we watched several whitewater rafting boats float on by through the rapids - pretty cool to watch.

    From there we headed back to the cabin to get ready for our hike at Maligne Canyon.Read more

  • Day4

    Elk sighting

    August 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    On our way to dinner we decided to take the scenic route to look for wildlife. We drove up Pyramid Lake Rd, where Christi spotted an elk in the forest. We were all so excited we all ran out with our phones and cameras to take pictures...doors left open, may have even left our vehicle running. We were so excited. Captured some great pictures, before heading back to the vehicle. We headed up the road further and found an entire heard of elk on the outside of a ranch for horseback riding. Quite incredible, we even spotted a baby nursing on the mama elk - beautiful! Next we headed to the golf course where we heard from some locals that the bears like to hang out, but no bears were spotted. Off to pick up dinner.Read more

  • Day3

    Moose Sighting

    August 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    On our drive up to Jasper we saw a number of vehicles pulled over which usually means wildlife ahead. Sure enough, we pulled over and saw a moose and her calf were attempting crossing the river. They were stopped about 1/3 of the way just assessing how they were going to cross. We stayed quiet among the shoreline marvelling at the beauty before us snapping as many pictures as possible.

    What an exciting way to start our time in Jasper! Next stop was dinner in Jasper at the Jasper Brewing Company where we had the best poutine ever!
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  • Day3

    Glacier Skywalk, Columbia Icefields

    August 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    A short distance from the glacier, we were shuttled over to the Glacier Skywalk. An engineering marvel, this Skywalk extends out of the mountain providing the most spectacular view of the mountains and Glacier in the backdrop. Walking on 4 layers of bullet proof glass you can see a full 360 view, 918 feet over the Sunwapta Valley below. The Skywalk cost 21 million to build and was built in 2014. They provided us with handheld devices to listen to a guided tour of the Skywalk which was quite interesting to hear.

    On to the next stop... Jasper!
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  • Day3

    Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield

    August 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We pulled into the parking lot and saw the hike to the Glacier in full view and it didn't appear to be too bad, but looks can be very deceiving. The climb up is steep at times plus, your body is adjusting to the high elevation. Breathing was not only difficult from the climb, but the altitude was definitely kicking in.

    This is the most visited Glacier in North America and it is quickly evident why. The color of the ice had a blue green hue underneath the white sharp shards of ice that helped with our traction. The Glacier recedes at a rate of about 5 meters a year. They had signs along the way showing you where the Glacier had reached previously in a variety of years. Crazy to see how much it has melted over the years.

    At our highest point we filled a couple water bottles with the pure Glacier water pouring down the crevices of running water down the Glacier. What an experience to taste water in its purest form. It was very refreshing and you could slightly taste the mineral content.
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  • Day3

    Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

    August 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    We all woke up early to meet Nick and Jen for breakfast at Tim Horton's before heading out to our next destination, Jasper. Breakfast was great as we all shared stories of our trip so far. We left around 10am as we had a long drive ahead of us,

    Along the drive we stopped at the spiral tunnels again, but sadly no train was seen yet again. There is no set train schedule here, so one is very fortunate if you do actually manage to see the train.

    We stopped along the highway for a variety of scenic views before our biggest hike of the day, Peyto Lake.

    The beauty of Peyto lake cannot be described, and the pictures to do not do it justice. These pictures are not enhanced!

    We hiked up the heavily trafficked area to the main point, before heading to a harder trail, with few people on it. This trail led to the most spectacular views of the lake and the glacier that sits behind it. None of us wanted to leave, but we needed to get back out on the road.

    Next we stopped for lunch at the crossing pub which turned out to be the worst experience ever. The service was terrible and the dining expierince was the strangest ever. All of the entrees on the menu were not served, but rather you had to cook the food yourself! We decided we didn't want it cook so we opted for soup and salad, but the soup looked and tasted like canned soup! Clearly we didn't stick around long, and made our way back on the road,
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  • Day2

    Skunk Cabbage Trail

    August 21, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We were quickly losing daylight as we started this short trail so we decided to make our way walking briskly along the boardwalk. Not much to see here other then the skunk cabbage plants which basically look like giant spinach leaves. The boardwalk is nice, and the scenery is still quite beautiful as the trail sits along side the river with the mountains as the backdrop.Read more

  • Day2

    Giant Cedars Trail

    August 21, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Our furthest destination to reach today, but well worth the drive was the Giant Cedars boardwalk trail at Revelstoke National Park. This trail features Cedar trees which are as old as 500 years. The prickly low lying vegetation that covered the entire floor of the forest was called Devils club. The smell of cedars and the enormity of how high they were gives you a feeling that you are in another world.Read more